How To Decide On A New Motorcycle

First time motorcycle buyers often make regretful mistakes when purchasing their first motorcycle. So we encourage you to think twice be you do an impulsive buy whether you just finished your motorcycle training, finally fulfilling a life dream/desire or just want to reward yourself.

Whatever the reason, the decision to purchase a new motorcycle brings with it tremendous emotions and anticipation. Advice as to horse power, size, color, performance qualities are crucial to making the right decision, unfortunately that’s not the case as one often gets poor advice from a glossy magazine article or from a greedy salesperson.

The guiding rules that we use when working with a potential new buyer of is motorcycle are very simple.

  • First, and most difficult is to determine why the customer is buying a motorcycle. Often times the customer only knows that they desire one. At this point, it is our job to carefully determine how the customer plans to use the bike.
  • Second, it is a matter of establishing the customer’s budget. Moving ahead, choices begin to narrow.
  • Third, determining the class of motorcycle desired. We sell four distinct classes of motorcycles: Traditional, Sport, Cruiser and Dual Sport/Adventure
  • Fourth, determining the seat height, ride position, color, type of present or future accessories to add, all come into the equation.
  • Lastly, unless the buyer is definite as to choices at this point we make two recommendations. First, we encourage test rides. Second if confused, wait. Do not force a decision. Oddly enough, in more times, and more cases, we encourage new riders, and first time buyers to shop local classifieds or Craig’s list and find a bike similar to what they feel that they want and spend as little as possible.

Motorcycling is a very personal, fun,  and fulfilling way of life. So enjoy the ride by making sure it’s the right ride for you!

We sell new and used motorcycles, but more than that, we seek to develop ongoing relationships with our customers. So before you buy make sure you stop by and contact one of our Frontline Eurosports qualified team members who will ask you the right questions so you can get the right bike for you!

Fun Fact: In many cases, most of the purchase price of a used, good condition bike  can be recovered if traded in an early future date on a new motorcycle. In fact, we will evaluate the potential purchase, and give the buyer and idea what they could expect if traded on a new bike.

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Track Days: N8! Kern Track Day at Roebling Road Raceway Feb. 23rd

Track Days with Frontline Eurosports2015 has a lot in store for us and our Track Day Junkie Buddy, N8! Kern, the factory BMW RR Ambassador and Test Pilot.  We will be joining N8! at RRR like last year for more action in his backyard.  Stay tuned for Track Days dates available and times that Frontline Eurosports and Frontline Eurosports Race Team will convoying down to participate in his Private Track Days, invitation only, and I’ve got your invite!!!!

We did just return from our Annual December Track Day with N8! Kern at Roebling Road Raceway, Dec. 8-9th 2014, for two whole days of fun in the Savannah sun.  We were blessed to have our great customer who we have converted to track day junkies participate, to include, Jeff Cook on his 2014 BMW S1000RR, Brian Jarlenski on his SV650, Martin Louthian on his BMW R1100RS, and Greg Andrews on his 2013 Triumph Speed Triple R.  I took the SV650 again as I didn’t have time to prep the Street Triple R I am preparing to be a dangerous weapon!!  We had no accidents, no complaints, and nothing but raw dawg fun and training with excellent instructors and professional staff at Roebling Road Raceway, yeah that’s you Stephanie!!!

We had lots of open track and tons of track time as there were about a dozen participants riding in two different sessions.  My personal highlight, we had N8! jump on Brian’s SV650 and do a little one on one, just us on the track, and got great perspective what does and does not change line wise when transferring from a liter bike to a lightweight bike.  Thanks N8!

Brian, Ian and Nate at Track Days Video

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Frontline Eurosports Sunday Ride and N8!

Sunday Ride: Saturday Ride and N8! Kern Track DayTrip Frontline Eurosports Sunday Ride Now that is winter and fewer and fewer people are riding, we need to keep our two wheeled legs on and either train in warmer areas or at least keep our mind sharp with what’s new in the world of motorcycles and motorcycles protection and accessories. The DC IMS show this past weekend was a great opportunity to view the new motorcycles that we might not have in our inventory yet, but will, as well as, accessories, and products, to include safety gear.  So make plans to visit the show this weekend or you can always come by or call us for the What’s Hot and New in the motorcycle industry!!!  And don’t worry, Sunday Rides will be back soon and with more structure and longer destination style rides that will guarantee you an opportunity to plan in advance and know exactly who will be participating in the ride with you…can’t wait to get back out and ride with our friends again!!! Stop by our store for details or contact us at 540-387-9780. ***Don’t forget that we are doing dual sport and adventure touring riding events the first Sunday of every month.  Let’s get those GS and Tiger machines dirty!!!!!!!****

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URAL Bikes Ready to Buy + Prepare For the URAL Salem Spring Ralley!

URAL Gear Up 2014 at Frontline EuroSports

If you’re searching for a fun, functional bike with a classic, old-world look, you need to hear about the URAL’s we have in stock at Frontline Eurosports.

These sidecar bikes have a storied history that goes all the way back to World War Two, but they’ve since updated their hardware and features, while keeping a vintage look and feel. URAL’s can function as fun little cruisers or take on tough terrain, as evidenced by the video below.

URAL’s are fun to drive, but practical. Depending on the model, the sidecar has about 3ft of storage and the vehicle as a whole can handle over 1300 lbs of weight. With a five gallon gas tank and around 35 MPG fuel economy, URAL’s can handle short trips or longer tours.

2013 URAL RETRO - Frontline Eurosports


Frontline Eurosports is hosting a URAL Salem Spring Rally for all URAL enthusiasts in April 2015. With destination rides, door prizes, a cook out, and other activities, it’s a great place to connect with other riders who share your interest in these unique bikes. Get your bike now and get in on the fun!

Don’t forget to check out the video below to get a better feel for how URAL’s perform and handle various terrain, and make sure to check out our website for more information and check out which models we have in stock! As always,  contact us with any questions!

 

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Track Days: CornerSpeed October 6th at Virginia International Raceway

Track DaysWe are about to hit up another Track Day with CornerSpeed this October 6th for a GRAND COURSE experience!!  CornerSpeed is the only organization that has the ability to run the Grand course at VIR and we need all the pilots we can get to come out and experience this opportunity. There will be lots of Classroom for those seeking to hone their track and street skills in a safe atmosphere.

Have the chance to train with wonderful instructors such as Jamie Ray, XXX, Butters, Pete Moravak, and many more…..  We will be there to represent Frontline Eurosports, BMW Motorrad, and Triumph motorcycles like the amazing S1000RR and 675R!!

“See you at the Track”

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Nate’s Parts Dept./Service Dept. Deals: Antigravity Batteries

Anti Gravity BatteriesFor those of you who don’t know, there is some spectacular technology out there that will blow your mind in the battery world!!!

The Antigravity Battery, Micro-Start PPS Personal Power Supply, has been used around the shop and is tested by our technicians and employees every day, whether it is starting a service customers motorcycle who has a dead battery, jumping off our own vehicles and race cars, to even giving our cell phones a charge at work when we forget our wall chargers, this package does it all.

We even had an employee’s husband take one to work and start a semi truck with a dead battery just to see if it would do it, well, made some pretty big boys upset when their laughs turned into dumbfounded stares of disbelief!!!  See what the Antigravity Battery can do for you, come on by and talk to our parts associates and ask for a demo.

For more info. Contact  Jason, Travis, or Van in our Parts Dept. (540) 387-9780.

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Nate’s Bike Review: K1300S Review / 2015 BMW K1300S is Back!!

BMW K1300SThe infamous BMW K1300S. We recently traded a loaded Premium model K1300S in and I had the chance to play with her a bit and get some road time on this model which I don’t get to do often.

The K1300S is a wonderful to ride as the first thing you notice is the comfortable seat and yes the huge power the in-line four cylinder pumps out. When you are looking at a sport touring machine you have to take in two characteristics, obviously, sport capability and comfort for touring situations and the K1300S guarantees you with 160+ bhp, shaft drive and duo lever front suspension, and BMW ergonomics.

The saddle is extremely comfortable with lots of cushion for the long travels or even feels nice when taking that short commute down to Rider’s Night. We don’t even need to mention the power of the bike except that she likes to be ridden, it would be a happy bike, RPM to power delivery ratio, at higher speeds rather than the super slow speed stuff you find yourself in occasionally while in urban environments. That’ where the transmission feels clunkier, as these bike have such huge solid transmission gears that it will last forever but feel a bit chunky on low RPM short shifts.

Features on this amazing motorcycle are astounding: Switchable ABS (anti-lock brake system), Switchable ASC (Automatic Stability Control), ESA with Preload and dampening modes (3 preload setting and 3 dampening setting for each to give you nine options), heated grips for your comfort, board computer to stay in touch with the bike and your environment, Gear Shift Assist for those performance up shifts (no clutch necessary on up shifts), Steel braided brake and clutch lines as it has a hydraulic clutch, and can be outfitted with all the farkle we BMW nuts love to include a center stand and expandable luggage.

Come on down and feel out your own K1300S with us a Frontline Eurosports and also familiarize yourself with the new 2015 that BMW brought back from not offering it in 2014.

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Triumph America Headquarters Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

To help spread awareness and raise funds for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), employees at Triumph’s Atlanta headquarters took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge involves dupming a bucket of ice water onto one’s head – while being filmed – or donating to ALS research.  It also entails nominating others to take the challenge within 24 hours or forfeit by way of a charitable donation.

Before taking their ice bath, Triumph of America COO Mat Sheahan and staff nominated the following to take the challenge:

  • All Triumph North American Dealers
  • Keith Wandell – President & CEO, Harley Davidson
  • Steve Menetto – Vice President – Motorcycles, Victory & Indian
  • Dominique Cheraki – CEO, Ducati NA

Ice Bucket Challenge

Help create a world without ALS! To take the challenge and make a charitable donation, go to ALAS site. 

Frontline Eurosports supports ALS!

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Nate’s 2015 BMW Bike Review

Nate’s Bike Review: What is to come in 2015

2015 BMWIn 2015 BMW Motorrad will be adding even more models to the already exciting 2015 line up.  There will also be revisions to the models that were recently released to include the addition of:

2015 BMW K1300S is back with a Special Edition

2015 BMW R1200GS gets a heavier crankshaft to further enhance engine smoothness, optional Shift Assistant Pro, optional Keyless Ride.

2015 BMW R1200GSA Adventure is now available with optional lowered suspension (860mm seat height), further reduction when seat from R 1200 GS is fitted (840mm), optional Shift Assistant Pro, optional Keyless Ride.

2015 BMW K1600GT & GTL now has BMW Motorrad’s Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as a standard option, optional Keyless Ride, optional Daytime Riding Light, optional Hill Start Control.

Triumph will also be adding to the line up with its new small bore Daytona and Naked Sportbike.  Rumor has it they will be releasing two new 250cc displacement models to the field to compete in the ever growing small displacement battle the entire industry is currently in.

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Sunday Rides!

Road Adventure Sunday RideSunday Ride: Pick your flavor…We do Road Rides, Off-Road Rides, Adventure Rides, and even Track Days!!

Road AdventureOur Sunday Ride program has been very successful this year even with me being gone a lot to participate in events out of state or at the track.  Thank you for coming out and making it such a great year so far, and there is more to come as I have been expanding the riding options to ensure we do not exclude any riding style from participating with Frontline Eurosports.  See below for our new riding events that have brought some new weekend riders to our door step every Sunday.

 

  1.  First Sunday of every month:  Jason and I took out on adventure touring machines and ripped up about 135 miles that day, most on great beginner level adventure touring roads consisting primarily of rural dirt and gravel roads.  They took us from Salem, into Roanoke, deep into Montgomery County, into the Floyd County and up to the Floyd downtown area where we refueled and jumped on roads that paralleled the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way back to the top of Bent Mountain.
  2. We found a day to do a full on dual sport ride with Logan and Matt where we completed the complete Pott’s Mountain Jeep Trail.  What beautiful scenery and awesome dual sport opportunity we had up there.  Pushed ourselves and our bikes to the limits with some of the obstacle courses we encountered, but nothing could hold these three dirt crazed maniacs back from completing the course and rewarding ourselves with an exhilarating ride down Pott’s Mountain on 311 when the dirt was all gone!!
  3. I got to take two pilots who had already completed the CornerSpeed Road Racing School to their first track day by themselves and watch them rip it up on bikes that one might not see at the track every day….a pair of BMW R1100S model bikes prepped for the track.  We ran into four or five other Roanoke residents who were enjoying VIR Full Course that day as well, such a small, tight, friendly community us motorcyclist live in isn’t it?
  4. My pride and joy of privileges that I get as a motorcycles salesman and employee of Frontline Eurosports.  Selling a new rider his first bike and getting to watch the experience from his first sight, to this first straddle, to taking ownership of the bike, and getting to go on their first ride with us on a Sunday Ride and meet their first motorcycle riding buddy, courtesy of Frontline Eurosports. ; )
     

    Dual Sport AdventureDon’t forget that we are doing dual sport and adventure touring riding events the first Sunday of every month.  Let’s get those GS and Tiger machines dirty!!!!!!

    Who: Anyone

    What: Sunday Ride with Frontline Eurosports Team

    Where: Frontline Eurosports 1003 Electric Road, Salem VA 24153

    When: Assembling at 10:40AM and departing promptly at 11:00AM

    Why: Fun, Great Food Destinations, Socialization, weekend get-a-way, TO RIDE THAT BIKE!!!

     

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